A dominion of spy thriller novels, a bestselling author and a visionary storyteller.
Tom Clancy passed away on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 leaving behind a legacy that not many authors can come up against.
Although he wrote about spies and soldiers, and entertained several with his rip-roaring plots, Mr Clancy had a few very intriguing and stimulating words of advice for aspiring writers.
Tell a story
Clancy recommended that writers shouldn't simply ‘write’, but instead, paint a picture with their words. “Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.” Clancy wanted to “take people away from driving trucks or fixing toilets or whatever they do, away from their drudgery.”
Fiction vs. reality
We all consider fiction to be a made-up story, however, Clancy put forth that a fiction novel must in some way or another depict reality - “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense," Talking about his Debt of Honor book the author said, “I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real - that’s the spooky part.”
Writing is like golf
Great writing does not come easy according to Clancy -“A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired - it’s hard work.” Clancy claimed that it takes practice to ace writing. Writers should “learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right.”
Say no to writer’s block
Block writer’s block just like Clancy did - ''I don't even consider the possibility - if you think about it, it might happen!''
Everyone in every field should follow this piece of advice: “Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn't have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away.”